Sins of the Bore, Bully and Clown

Glucose is a trip-killer, which is why you shouldn’t stir honey into your mushroom tea. Ego is a spirit-killer, which is why you shouldn’t stir sin into your community.

The three character types responsible for most of the fussing and fighting, confusion and grief, and existential inertia in cults, communes, churches, synagogues, sanghas, companies, parties, schools, families and book groups are the Fearful Bore, the Narcissistic Bully and the Cynical Clown.

Each has its own special cocktail of sins and vices. The Fearful Bore is an amalgam of the Victim and Muppet archetypes, whose chief sins are Fear and Envy. The Narcissistic Bully is the public face of the Diva-Demon complex, full of Pride and Loathing. The Cynical Clown is the problem child of the Addict and Muggle, ruled by Lust, Gluttony, Greed and Sloth.

This may be hard for some people to hear, but in the Kingdom of God there is no sin, and in the communion of saints there are no Bores, Bullies or Clowns.

These three are not the only offenders, however. Variety is the spice of life, after all, and there are all sorts of other permutations to be had on the Wheel of Babylon, such as:

The Victim-Demon or Suicidal Psycho (Fear and Loathing),

The Addict-Demon or Selfish Pig (Lust, Gluttony, Greed and Loathing),

The Muppet-Diva or Black Swan (Envy and Pride),

The Muggle-Diva or Decadent Aristocrat (Sloth and Pride).